A game of men running around and kicking the ball for the win is not enough even for the biggest sports fan at the Superbowl. Spectators need to be entertained beyond the main event on the field. For those in Detroit this year they have the option to see the famous half-time show in 3-D as well as a host of other musical events. Soul superstar and Michigan native Stevie Wonder is confirmed for the pregame show. After hearing the disapproval of fan over the lack of Detroit talent performing, Aretha Franklin
the Queen of Soul will be joined by New Orleans
legends Aaron Neville and Dr. John singing the national anthem. British rock titans The Rolling Stones who performed one of their crowd-pleasing concerts there in August are the halftime show. Detroit’s flow of muse-inspired musicians has a low-key parade in a mix of happenings. R and B singer Kem headlines the 2nd annual Motown Winter Blast that will showcase over 50 musical acts, several restaurants, vendors and an ice garden. Local legends like Thornetta Davis and Straight Ahead are scheduled for the function that hopes to take the cold out of winter.
Detroit native Kid Rock is giving two concerts before the Superbowl at Joe Louis Arena. Kid Rock performed wearing a flag at the 2004 Superbowl during the infamous wardrobe malfunction by Janet Jackson. West Coast rap icon Snoop Dogg is the center attraction along with rock band 3 Doors Down at two invitation-only Anheuser-Busch sponsored Bud Bowl parties. Secular music lovers are not the only ones supporting the extracurricular events connected to the game. Gospel fans can see Detroiters The Winans along with Patti Labelle and others for the SuperBowl Gospel Celebration. Labelle has another concert with friends the day before the big gospel jubilee. A time capsule trip and some celebrity sightings are prepared for the Leather and Laces Superbowl party. Loverboy who are best known for their 1981 hit “Working for the Weekend” are the feature act at the highly publicized event. Colorful outings without big name entertainment onstage but a mix of personalities in the crowd are the theme of the Maxim and Playboy parties. At the end of the game travelers and hometown folk alike may want the loud music of city nightlife. Clubs Bleu, Flood’s, Fifth-Avenue, Oslo, XS, St. Andrews Hall and a few other spots are having their usual hyped weekends. For the elite Superbowl experience P.Diddy, PureRush and a ton more of the exclusive partygivers have something in store for glitz seekers. Undoubtedly there will be a packed house for the Pepsi Smash At SuperBowl event with Kanye West at the State Theater. West’s history with Detroit will probably have local acts like Slum Village join him onstage.Music buffs may get all the music they need on a simple tour to the Motown Museum, a meal at Bert’s Jazz Marketplace or the classy but decandent ambience of Seldom Blues’ rhythm-filled supperclub overlooking the water.